Cairo is the capital and largest city of Egypt. It is the Arab World’s and Africa’s most populous city and stretches out along both banks of the Nile. With an insatiable appetite for space, the largest city on the African continent makes daily inroads into desert sands and farmlands. This is happening at such a rate that no one knows for certain whether Cairo’s population has reached ten, fifteen or perhaps even twenty million.

The indomitable city of Cairo is, in the eyes of the Egyptians, "The Victorious", "Mother of the world" or simply "Misr", the name for Egypt as a whole. As long as the visitor is willing to lose his way then he too can discover the sweetness of Cairo nights lit by green neon illuminated mosques, the warmth of small, everyday cafes, the pleasure of strolling along narrow streets and the smiling good humour of the city’s people.

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ClimateEgypt does not receive much rainfall, except during winter, when most rainfall is between October and March. Temperatures range between 27 to 32 degrees Celsius in summer and up to 43 degrees Celsius on the Red Sea coast. Winter temperatures average between 13 to 21 degrees Celsius. A constant northwesterly wind keeps temperatures down on the Mediterranean coast

CurrencyEgyptian Pound (EGP)

VisaA visa is required for entry to Egypt except for EU nationals travelling to Sharm El Sheikh, Dahab, Newiba or Taba resorts, who will receive an entry permission stamp on arrival

HealthRecommended vaccinations against Poliomyelitis, Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis A

PassportsPassports should be valid for more than six months after proposed date of departure from Egypt

Time ZoneGMT + 2